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How To Be A Sensible & Low-Risk Landlord

How To Be A Sensible & Low-Risk Landlord

26 Aug 2015 / Buying & Investing in BTLs / 13 Comments

I’m not sure, but I may need to throw up an extra disclaimer before dragging your corpse through this one. My concern is that if the wrong type of idiot misconstrues my ‘pedestrian ramblings’ as savvy financial and future-planning advice, they may feel obligated to unleash a “no win, no fee” blood-sucking Lawyer onto my […]

The Thought Of Buying Another BTL Makes Me Physically Sick!

The Thought Of Buying Another BTL Makes Me Physically Sick!

29 Jul 2015 / Complaints & Rants / 60 Comments

I’m currently in the midst of a horrendously tedious 6 hour coach journey from Sharm el-Sheikh to Cairo, crammed in with the locals like a tin of sweaty sardines. I foolishly opted for hitting the open road because I was under the illusion that gazing through the dusty windows would expose me to a side […]

Avoiding Letting Agents & Crazy Maintenance Fees

Avoiding Letting Agents & Crazy Maintenance Fees

17 Jun 2015 / Tips For Using Letting Agents / 23 Comments

If you wake up in the mornings finding yourself in midst of the war-torn surroundings of the lettings industry, life has probably thrown you a bunch of lemons and things probably haven’t turned out like you had once planned. If it’s any consolation, believe it or not, it was never a childhood dream of mine […]

My Tenant Won’t Allow Me To Enter The Property For Viewings

My Tenant Won’t Allow Me To Enter The Property For Viewings

14 May 2015 / Evicting Tenants & Ending Tenancies / 55 Comments

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Almost a month. I’ve missed you. Apparently this blogging malarkey isn’t all that easy when you have sweet F-all to blog about. And unfortunately, I make it particularly challenging for myself by refusing to become a drivelling drone; blogging for the sake of blogging; following a militant schedule, rather […]

FREE Webinar! Online Letting Agents & Finding Tenants Quickly Explained!

FREE Webinar! Online Letting Agents & Finding Tenants Quickly Explained!

16 Apr 2015 / Marketing & Finding Tenants / 13 Comments

I’m going to try something new here. This could all go horribly wrong. A ballsy move from someone that is particularly reluctant to embrace change, especially when we’ve already got a winning formula here, which generally consists of me complaining about something utterly trivial and subsequently divulge how miserable my landlord life is, while you […]

Who Is Responsible For Mould In Rentals- Tenant Or Landlord?

Who Is Responsible For Mould In Rentals- Tenant Or Landlord?

26 Mar 2015 / Landlord Legal Issues / 54 Comments

Chaps, remember a couple of months ago, all the way back in gloomy January 2015, when I publicly broke down into a hysterical heap of oestrogen and wrote an emotional blog post about my personal battle with old age, and specifically how my symptoms were aggressively starting to surface? The tell-tale signs being the sudden […]

Landlord Life: The Horrific Reality Of Maintenance Costs

Landlord Life: The Horrific Reality Of Maintenance Costs

05 Mar 2015 / Decorating & Maintaining BTLs / 63 Comments

Someone whip out a box of Kleenex, a pot of petroleum jelly and the violins already! I’ve had a freakin’ nightmare. I’ve just endured an extremely painful and traumatic week, so please bear with me while I projectile vomit last week’s Filet-o-Fish over my keyboard and nervously gather together enough mental strength to share my […]

FIGHT: Rightmove / Zoopla Vs OnTheMarket

FIGHT: Rightmove / Zoopla Vs OnTheMarket

11 Feb 2015 / Complaints & Rants / 48 Comments

This post is going to be a rather shamelessly self-indulgent one that will only serve to comfort the needs of my inner geekhood, which unfortunately takes immense joy from all things online-marketing related, especially in the property vertical. I’m no expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I am an enthusiast that’s compelled to […]

Suing Your Landlord For Disrepair

Suing Your Landlord For Disrepair

21 Jan 2015 / Tenant Advice / 18 Comments

Hold me! I’m in a dark and morbid place right now. I’m going through a very traumatic transitional period in my life, which many of you have already been through, so I divulge with confidence and expectancy of empathetic ears. Regrettably, I’m starting to see some early signs of old age; not just biological, but […]

My Tenants Are Getting Divorced

My Tenants Are Getting Divorced

08 Jan 2015 / Managing Your Rental Property / 44 Comments

Happy New Year to you all. Hope you had a blast! Before I dive into the purpose of this blog post, please allow me to digress on a grand scale (perhaps the grandest to date)… because right now I need to vent… I’m currently on a flight home from Bucharest where I was fortunate enough […]

How To End / Terminate A Tenancy Agreement

How To End / Terminate A Tenancy Agreement

18 Dec 2014 / Evicting Tenants & Ending Tenancies / 16 Comments

Well, this was bound to happen, wasn’t it? Covering the topic of how to end a tenancy agreement seems like the natural step of progression after blogging about how to renew a tenancy agreement. Granted, both topics equally as unfulfilling to write (and probably to read if it’s not relevant to your current needs) as […]

How To Renew A Tenancy Agreement

How To Renew A Tenancy Agreement

26 Nov 2014 / Managing Your Rental Property / 47 Comments

I’m surprised I haven’t covered this incredibly mundane issue already, but apparently this one slipped through the net (so I’ve been hastily informed by a rather disgruntled reader that is under the impression I’m running a subscription based landlord support service here and acting like I swindled him out of money. Dickhead!). Thinking about it, […]

Landlord Law: Right-To-Rent Immigration Checks

Landlord Law: Right-To-Rent Immigration Checks

05 Nov 2014 / Landlord Legal Issues / 24 Comments

Another day, another incoming landlord legal requirement to ruin our lives and add to the forever growing list. Sigh. This one is about the hot topic of immigration- it was bound to happen. The Government needs to look like it’s doing something about the issue to restore faith in those wallowing around in upheave- so […]

What You Should Know Before YOU Become A Landlord…

What You Should Know Before YOU Become A Landlord…

20 Oct 2014 / Buying & Investing in BTLs / 44 Comments

“I want in”, he says, with a smile stretching from ear-to-ear, so smug that I almost want throw a balloon filled with warm piss in his face. A friend of mine has managed to stack together a little too much cash under his withered mattress- and now he wants to taste the sweet nectar of […]

If Your Tenant Wants To Leave Early…

If Your Tenant Wants To Leave Early…

01 Oct 2014 / Evicting Tenants & Ending Tenancies / 48 Comments

Unbelievably common situation. What should you do? Nothing, let it happen. Roll with it. Hell, offer to help them pack if you’re the jovial Christian type. Just don’t sweat it. Remember the good times, pour some liquor. Legally, tenants are obligated to remain your tenants and liable for the full rent up until the end-date […]

Redecorating & Finding New Tenants In-Between Tenancies

Redecorating & Finding New Tenants In-Between Tenancies

15 Sep 2014 / Decorating & Maintaining BTLs / 27 Comments

The last two weeks have been hell. Literally, a complete bollock-ache. But it usually always is during the period in-between tenancies, when landlords have to prepare a new and presentable case to entice the incoming replacements. The circle of life. I’d say dealing with rogue tenants is the most stressful aspect of being a landlord, […]

What Is ‘Fair Wear and Tear’?

What Is ‘Fair Wear and Tear’?

25 Aug 2014 / Decorating & Maintaining BTLs / 35 Comments

Earlier today I met my tenant for a final inspection before he handed back his keys and started a new chapter in his life without the best landlord in the world. I’m not sure how well he’ll cope, but nonetheless, good luck to him. He’ll need it. I was so utterly delightful to him. Despite […]

Landlord Building Insurance Renewals

Landlord Building Insurance Renewals

11 Aug 2014 / Finances, Taxes & Saving Costs / 16 Comments

Couple of weeks ago I received 2 fat A4 letters from Halifax’s Home Insurance division. The contents of the packages was no mystery, I knew my landlord building insurance policies for 2 of my rentals were shortly due for renewal, so they were eager for me to resign and seal the deal. Clearly, there’s nothing […]

My Tenant/Lodger Paid Her Deposit But Didn’t Move in

My Tenant/Lodger Paid Her Deposit But Didn’t Move in

30 Jul 2014 / Marketing & Finding Tenants / 23 Comments

Bit of an odd one. It’s personally never happened to me, but I imagine it’s far short of being unbelievably uncommon. This morning (Tuesday), just like most others, I was going through my early morning ritual of being totally unorganised, obscenely late and ill-prepared for my day. But Tuesday is always a little bit different, […]

Best Ways For Landlords To Cut Costs & Save Money

Best Ways For Landlords To Cut Costs & Save Money

14 Jul 2014 / Finances, Taxes & Saving Costs / 20 Comments

Becoming a landlord isn’t particularly difficult. Any idiot with a semi-functioning brain and a bit of capital can jump onto this bandwagon- and they generally do. I stand before you as living proof. Not proud, just saying. However, being a “good” landlord isn’t so straight forward. There’s an unenjoyable learning curve to climb and many […]

Guarantor Referencing Application Form

Guarantor Referencing Application Form

01 Jul 2014 / Landlord Forms & Documents / 0 Comments

Before diving into this article and downloading the Free Guarantor Application Form, I strongly advise you to read the Tenant Guarantor Guide if you’re not familiar with the purpose or general principles of a tenant guarantor and contract. But to give you a basic overview, a guarantor acts on behalf of your tenant if he […]

My Landlord Evicted Me Because I Asked For Repairs, Is That Legal?

My Landlord Evicted Me Because I Asked For Repairs, Is That Legal?

23 Jun 2014 / Tenant Advice / 52 Comments

For those that came here for the quick answer and/or can’t stomach enduring my meandering dribble, it’s “NO”, now get out of ‘ere. But for those that do… I’ve been emailed the question a couple of times in the last month or so, by tenants that claim their landlords are evicting them because they complained […]

How To Find DSS/DWP Tenants

How To Find DSS/DWP Tenants

11 Jun 2014 / DWP / DSS Tenants / 23 Comments

It takes a lot to throw this morbid and delusional mind off course, but on the rare occasion it happens, it’s a beautiful thing. Last week, I received an email from a new landlord that posed a question that left me slightly mystified and strangely curious. I had to perform a double-take just to ensure […]

My Tenant’s Rent Is Late, What Should I Do?

My Tenant’s Rent Is Late, What Should I Do?

28 May 2014 / Evicting Tenants & Ending Tenancies / 23 Comments

If you ever happen to capture the grey mood of a hunched over landlord; strolling around aimlessly and depleted of life, like his world has fallen apart- the law of averages says he’s dealing with a tenant in arrears. Because, sadly, we don’t really care or get saddened by much else, and the only other […]

Landlord Licensing Scheme- What, Where, When?

Landlord Licensing Scheme- What, Where, When?

12 May 2014 / Landlord Legal Issues / 63 Comments

There was a time when ONLY landlords of House of Multiple Occupation (HMOs) required a license to let their property, while the rest of us were spared. But that was back when we were living blissfully in ignorance. Alas, since then some very rich and powerful people sat down with some super smart statistical analysts […]

It’s The Estate Agents Job To Sell You An Impractical Piece Of Crap

It’s The Estate Agents Job To Sell You An Impractical Piece Of Crap

05 May 2014 / Buying & Investing in BTLs / 10 Comments

A couple of weeks ago I almost elevated my landlord status to the next level and became an even bigger ‘landlord wanker’ by scooping up my first commercial property. The Lord knows there’s nothing worse than an arsehole landlord with ambition in the middle of an economic meltdown. There’s people out there increasingly feeling the […]

Ultimate Guide For New Landlords

Ultimate Guide For New Landlords

22 Apr 2014 / Landlords Tips / 57 Comments

If you’re an experienced landlord you’ll probably want to skip this post altogether. Close the door behind you, leave me alone with the frightened, young and naive, I’ve got this under control. I still clearly remember when I was first flirting with the idea of buying my first buy-to-let property and becoming a landlord. Not […]

Here’s How NOT To Tell Your Tenants To Be Cleaner

Here’s How NOT To Tell Your Tenants To Be Cleaner

08 Apr 2014 / Managing Your Rental Property / 16 Comments

A couple of weeks ago I received an email from a chap that kindly forwarded me an email that his friend received from her disgruntled (and most likely psychotic) live-in landlord. I was meaning to throw it up on my blog sooner, but procrastination is a bitch, and as glamorous as strapping myself down to […]

My Tenant Won’t Let Me Into The Property

My Tenant Won’t Let Me Into The Property

30 Mar 2014 / Landlord Legal Issues / 1 Comment

This can be a tragic dilemma. A genuine hair-ripping-out moment. If you’re reading this article because you’re currently caught in this dilemma, then you’re probably feeling worried and angry. It’s normal. You are NOT alone. When tenants don’t allow their landlord to enter the property it’s usually because one of the following reasons… Rogue tenants […]

Do You REALLY Need To Increase Your Tenant’s Rent?

Do You REALLY Need To Increase Your Tenant’s Rent?

13 Mar 2014 / Finances, Taxes & Saving Costs / 31 Comments

Besides from swimming in pools of money and knocking-back shots of Hennessy out of strippers navels, there are a few other key tasks every landlord should be doing on a regular basis, which includes: Making routine Landlord inspections to ensure the tenants aren’t filthy bastards, and are able to refrain from exploding their arses all […]

You Should Hear What My Landlord Says…

You Should Hear What My Landlord Says…

24 Feb 2014 / Tenant Advice / 12 Comments

Earlier today I was having what can only be described as a tragically mundane conversation with a female buddy of mine via Whatsapp; nothing inappropriate was being said, nor did she have the decency to transfer any of her home-made erotica. It was almost pointless and a total waste of my precious time. But then, […]

Visum Review- Online Letting Agent

Visum Review- Online Letting Agent

23 Feb 2014 / Marketing & Finding Tenants / 0 Comments

I guess you’re here because you want to know more about Visum, but specifically, whether they’re above board or one of the many cowboys parading around as a legitimate operation. Visum is one of about a thousand Online Letting Agents out there. Over the years, online agents have been emerging thick and fast, like hairs […]

Tenants And The Loose Tap Syndrome

Tenants And The Loose Tap Syndrome

10 Feb 2014 / Tenant Advice / 29 Comments

Sigh. “The loose tap syndrome” is the name I’ve given to the repugnant illness commonly contracted by tenants; primary symptom being the uncontrollable necessity of reporting every bullshit minuscule maintenance issue that a mentally impaired chimp is capable of resolving, let alone a fully grown human idiot. However, instead of being useful and fixing the […]

Should New Landlords Use A Letting Agent?

Should New Landlords Use A Letting Agent?

15 Jan 2014 / Tips For Using Letting Agents / 31 Comments

Bit late, but happy New Year everyone! I hope you all got shit-faced and participated in at least one stupid activity that you’ll regret for the rest of your life. I know I did, and that’s why I’m probably dripping with gonorrhea right now. All over my keyboard and shit. Anyways… A few days ago […]

Q&A With The Landlord, ‘i need to find a land load that aceps dss’

Q&A With The Landlord, ‘i need to find a land load that aceps dss’

17 Dec 2013 / Complaints & Rants / 14 Comments

Three of the biggest drags about running this landlord blog: 1) I’m still doing it without being an award winning blogger (how I’ve managed to continue without recognition is beyond me) 2) Contrary to popular belief, blogging still ain’t getting me laid 3) Getting buried with high volumes of ridiculous emails But let’s focus on […]

The Worst Kind Of Landlord

The Worst Kind Of Landlord

21 Nov 2013 / Complaints & Rants / 10 Comments

Whether it be due to ignorance or intention, most landlords are generally arseholes (not you or I though), first class honour dip-shits. They drag their heals when repairs are required, they’re oblivious to their legal responsibilities and obligations as a landlord, and even though they’re drowning in mortgage debt and/or negative equity, they still have […]

Decorating/Renovation Tips For Buy-To-Let Properties & Landlords

Decorating/Renovation Tips For Buy-To-Let Properties & Landlords

25 Oct 2013 / Decorating & Maintaining BTLs / 24 Comments

Tenants don’t give a shit about your property. Learn it, live it, love it. If you remember that pillar of wisdom, especially when decorating/renovating, and allow it to influence your landlording decisions, you’re going to be OK. Alternatively, you’ll be blowing your cash hard and fast, and the stress will transform you into a walking, […]

Landlords’ Legal Requirements Checklist

Landlords’ Legal Requirements Checklist

08 Oct 2013 / Landlord Forms & Documents / 1 Comment

As a landlord there are a number of legal requirements you must abide by BEFORE letting your property. Failing to do so could not only lead to prosecution, but more importantly, put your tenants in danger. You seriously do NOT want that burden on your shoulders. I’ve compiled a list of regulations below which all […]

Saving Is Pointless Right Now, So I’m Reducing My Mortgage

Saving Is Pointless Right Now, So I’m Reducing My Mortgage

16 Sep 2013 / Landlords Tips / 14 Comments

Usually around this time of year, as the summer begins to wind down and I’m putting my Speedos away in storage, I start receiving letters from various banks informing me that it’s time for me to bend over and get shafted by their biggest and their best. It’s their loving way of telling me I’m […]

‘Finding A Tenant’ Guide For Landlords- How To Find Tenants

‘Finding A Tenant’ Guide For Landlords- How To Find Tenants

09 Sep 2013 / Marketing & Finding Tenants / 13 Comments

Are you struggling to find a tenant or simply looking for the most efficient methods of finding a tenant? Then this might be the article for you. If you’re reading this guide, it probably means you’re trying to find tenants without the help of a traditional high-street letting agent. Wise decision, and you’ve come to […]